An interview with Michael Apted the director of Gorillas In The Mist and the 7Up film series that follows a group fo Brits for the last 42 years. Apted has chronicled the lives of a dozen people since they were 7 years old, every seven years. I have seen this movie twice in it's 28Up and 35 Up incarnations. No wonder I am a reality tv fan, huh?
Apted says, "This film is only a portrait of people who were born in 1956. Class is still in the back of the national brain, but it's loosened up in considerable amounts since then. So this doesn't present an accurate portrait of England now, but just an accurate portrait of a generation of people. And even then it's skewed because what I missed in all that was the middle classes, which in the end proved to be the most mobile and the most threatened and the most volatile of all of them. Of course, the film outgrew its political roots fairly quickly. The class thing, although it's always been the kind of underpinning of the film, became I think, less and less important."
" The only pure documentary I've ever heard of was Andy Warhol pointing a camera for eight hours at the Empire State Building."